Oakland-Book-Fest-logoOakland’s blockbuster literary event features 60 writers engaged in lively conversation and debate. The day’s panels are intriguing and far-reaching, ranging from The Uncanniness of Altruism to Revolution in the Middle East. This free gathering also welcomes young readers with book-making projects sponsored by Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA), readings hosted by the Oakland Public Library, interactive programs courtesy of Fairyland, and live performances at Frank Ogawa Plaza. Guests can visit book vendors and publishers’ tables and enjoy lunch at nearby food trucks. A highlight for those interested in farming is The Hands that Feed: California Farmworkers, Past and Present, a panel presented by UC Press. In this session, journalists and educators reflect on the history of California’s farmworkers; problems such as low wages, pesticides, and heat stroke; and ideas for improving conditions. The panel is in Hearing Room 1, 1:45–3pm. Free. Info: here

Oakland Book Festival
Sunday May 22, 10:30am–6pm
Oakland City Hall
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza